NEW APPOINTMENT: Understanding the plant immune system: how to vaccinate a plant

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Plants activate complex signal cascades under adverse environmental conditions, which lead to defense and tolerance reactions and thus guarantee the adaptation and survival of plants. Calcium-regulated protein kinases are central sensors and switches that play an important role in activating the plant's immune system against pathogens. On the one hand, they allow a strong immune response, but on the other hand, they switch off the immune response again when the pressure of infection subsides. The elucidation of this molecular signaling network is the focus of research.

Tina Romeis studied biochemistry in Tübingen and did her doctorate at the MPI for Developmental Biology. After research stays in Munich and Norwich (GB), she returned to the MPI for Plant Breeding Research in Cologne in 2001 as an independent group leader and Sofia Kovalevskaja Prize winner and established her research in the field of calcium-regulated protein kinases in plants. In 2004 she took over the Chair of Plant Biochemistry at the FU Berlin as a professor, and since February 2019 she has been Director of the Department of Biochemistry of Plant Interactions at the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, combined with a professorship at the MLU Halle-Wittenberg.

Moderation: Professorin Dr. Ulla Bonas

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